William Smith student Jane Erickson ’07 of Castle Rock, Colo., and HWS Director of Public Service Averell Bauder '81 presented a workshop, “The Election Is Over, Now What? Establishing and Maintaining Student Involvement in the Electoral Process,” at the annual Northeast Regional Campus Compact Conference, June 9-11 at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The conference, “Creative Tension in Building the Engaged Campus,” was sponsored by several state Campus Compacts and Educators for Community Engagement.
Erickson and Bauder’s presentation outlined the HWS VOTES! project that mobilized 100 students to run a voter registration and education campaign during the '04 presidential election, and efforts to keep students politically engaged since then.
The past fall’s efforts included the registration of 300 students, a Web site with links to voter and candidate resources, on-campus televising of the debates followed by discussions, collaboration with the Geneva League of Women Voters in providing voter information to residents of Geneva on the annual Celebrate Service…Celebrate Geneva Day of Service, and an all-campus Election Night party.
HWS VOTES! has been approved as a non-partisan club on campus and will continue to stress voter registration and education. Its activities will include voter registration during First Year Orientation, a fall registration day, and working with other groups to sponsor forums to continue quality political discourse.
Erickson is a junior double major in political science and public policy. In addition to being president of HWS VOTES! she is a member of the WS lacrosse team and this fall will be studying in Galway, Ireland.
Bauder, a 1981 graduate of Hobart College, holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. Director of Public Service since 1999, he serves as Member Services Chair and advisor to the Student Commission on Civic Engagement for the New York Campus Compact, an association of approximately 50 college and university presidents and their campuses committed to reaffirm and reinvigorate the public purposes of higher education.
HWS President Mark Gearan is chairman of the National Campus Compact and was instrumental in the founding of the New York compact.